Given the potential impact however, I attempted to confirm the accuracy of the information in this document. In an effort to do so, and in a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics, I solicited and received additional materials directly from the Heartland Institute under someone else’s name. The materials the Heartland Institute sent to me confirmed many of the facts in the original document, including especially their 2012 fundraising strategy and budget.
Here he is lecturing the US Congress on integrity – just love this bit.
The violation of the standard codes of scholarly conduct and ethical behavior in
professional scientific research, including:
Fabrication (the fabrication of research data and observations)
Falsification (manipulation of research data and processes or omitting critical data or
To be fair, he has not confessed to writing the fake memo. Quite the opposite, he claims to have received it and then sought confirmatory evidence from the Heartland Institute. Not sure, however, how that argument is going to work out.
Here is his excuse.
My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved. Nevertheless I deeply regret my own actions in this case. I offer my personal apologies to all those affected.
Yes – well. Here is Anthony Watts’ reply
For the record Dr. Gleick, I am not “anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated” as you suggest. And you have damaged me and my business. I suspect I’ll be seeing you in court to protect my rights, along with many others, sir.
Here is Heartland’s response.
Gleick’s crime was a serious one. The documents he admits stealing contained personal information about Heartland staff members, donors, and allies, the release of which has violated their privacy and endangered their personal safety.
Looks like they will be pressing charges while Watts will sue.
Update I: Steven Goddard is reporting that Peter Gleick coined the phrase, “The debate is over”.
Update II: Anthony Watts reports
Gleick is represented by John Keker, a prominent San Francisco-based white collar criminal defense attorney.